This September, we said farewell to Amanda “Andie” Byrd as an esteemed member of Opportunity Fund’s Southern California Regional Board. With her Board term coming to a close, we celebrate her many contributions to furthering our work of driving economic mobility and access to capital for determined entrepreneurs.
We have profoundly benefited from Andie’s deep commitment to racial equity and social justice. That commitment is mirrored through Andie’s personal and professional endeavors, where she has raised more than $80 million to support low-income California families. She is currently the Vice President, Membership & Sustainability at Southern California Grantmakers (SCG), connecting more than 300 foundations, companies, and government funders as they work to build a more equitable Southern California. A resident of Orange County for more than a decade, she currently serves on the Board of Directors for OCCORD, a nonprofit that helps build good jobs, strong neighborhoods and an inclusive democracy in the OC.
We will always consider Andie a valued friend and partner in supporting Southern California’s determined entrepreneurs, families, and communities.
If you share Andie’s passion to strengthen and ensure the resilience of small businesses, please consider joining Opportunity Fund’s Southern California Board this fall. If you are interested in learning more and receiving an introduction packet, please contact Denise Nelson, Regional Vice President, at email@example.com.
Opportunity Fund, the nation’s leading nonprofit small business lender, believes small dollar loans help hard-working entrepreneurs make lasting change in their own lives and build stronger communities by growing businesses and creating jobs. Opportunity Fund’s community of donors and investors is creating an inclusive financial system that empowers women, immigrant, and minority small business owners. Our strategy combines microloans for small business owners and New Markets Tax Credit investments in high-impact community infrastructure projects. Since 1994, Opportunity Fund has deployed more than $1 billion and helped thousands of entrepreneurs invest in their families’ futures. The organization has committed to lending an additional $1.2 billion to small business owners across the country and investing $174 million in community real estate projects by 2023.
In March, 2020, Opportunity Fund and Accion, The US Network, joined forces to establish Accion Opportunity Fund, the first organization focused on a national microlending strategy to meet the credit needs of small businesses – developing new products, establishing new partnerships, promoting research and financial education, and leveraging digital technologies to support mission-driven lending.